OCHA / NIGERIA GRIFFITHS VISIT

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The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (USG/ERC), Martin Griffiths, concluded a four-day visit to Nigeria on Thursday. He saw first-hand the humanitarian situation and response in the north-east, and to raise international awareness about the deteriorating humanitarian situation and bring attention to the ongoing regional conflict affecting the Lake Chad basin. OCHA

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DATELINE: 19-20 JANUARY 20, 2022, BAMA, DAMASAK, BORNO, NORTH-EAST NIGERIA

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1. Various shots, Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Martin Griffiths, viewing from the Helicopter Bama IDP camp aerial view.
2. Various shots, Martin received by the Camp Coordination & Camp Management team managing the Bama GSSS IDP camp where about 40,766 individuals (11,420 households) in GSSSS IDP Camp out of which 71 per cent are children and women live. More than 75 per cent of the IDPs registered in the camp are from inaccessible villages around Bama LGA, namely: Tasawa, Bulamari, Kacelure, Kotembe, Landini, Kalifate, Nduguno, Dipchari, Jere, Dar-Jama
3. Various shots, Martin with UN Nigeria Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator, Matthias Schmale and partners on a tour of the GSSS IDP camp in Bama with camp managers IOM, UNHCR, local partners in
4. Various shots, Martin met one of the teenagers living in the camp at his family’s shelter saying, “they say there's nobody left in their village…"they've no idea of the future."
5. Various shots, condition in the Bama GSSS camp.
6. Various shots, Martin and team talking to group of wo women in Bama GSSS IDP camp affected by conflict especially those newly returned from Maiduguri, Borno state, the epicenter of the conflict in north-east Nigeria following closure of all IDP camps by the state government.
7. Various shots, Martin with conflict-affected men in Damasak, the headquarters of Mobbar Local Government Area (LGA) on the shores of the Lake Chad, 160 kilometers north-west of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, where Nutrition situation is classified as severe, requiring immediate actions to treat and prevent acute malnutrition as well as address risk factors that may further aggravate the situation.
8. Various shots, Martin at a nutrition stabilization center in Bama town where women and children are admitted due to nutritional crisis among women and children. Footage of women waiting and Martin in the ward talking to admitted children and women at the center for malnutrition cases.
9. Various shots, Life in Bama camp.

STORYLINE:

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (USG/ERC), Martin Griffiths, concluded a four-day visit to Nigeria on Thursday (20 Jan).

The UN humanitarian chief travelled to the country to see first-hand the humanitarian situation and response in the north-east, and to raise international awareness about the deteriorating humanitarian situation and bring attention to the ongoing regional conflict affecting the Lake Chad basin.

In Nigeria, the USG/ERC met with the Vice-President and members of the Federal Government, the Chief of Defence Staff, as well as the Governor of Borno State. In the north-east, he met with Nigerians who have been affected by the violence, as well as humanitarian partners, in Maiduguri, Bama and Damasak.

The conflict in the Lake Chad basin has taken a heavy toll on communities across border areas of Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, putting more than 10 million people at risk and in need of humanitarian assistance.

During his visit to Damasak, on the border with Niger, Mr. Griffiths heard from women and families displaced by the violence. They told him of their hopes to return home, yet they despaired that they were unable to plan for a better future given continuing insecurity and attacks by armed groups.

Mr. Griffiths said, “it’s heartbreaking to see the deep impact of the violence and repeated displacement for so many. Yet the people I met demonstrated amazing courage in the face of vicious violence, killings, kidnappings, repeated displacement and sometimes bare survival. In Bama, women told stories of having escaped from years of armed group captivity only weeks ago. It is our duty to help them rebuild their lives.”

“I also had the chance to meet with the Governor of Borno State, who conveyed the commitment of authorities to improve security and build resilience for the most vulnerable. We will redouble our collective efforts to improve protection of civilians and humanitarian access, and seek durable solutions out of crisis wherever possible.”

“It is clear we share a common objective: upholding the dignity of Nigerians and finding ways to ease the suffering too many of them face today. People are yearning for security, livelihoods and better access to social services, and we stand ready to make this a reality with the Government and our humanitarian partners.”

Mr. Griffiths also met with humanitarian workers in Bama and Damasak and heard first-hand of the challenges they face in reaching people in need.

He said, “brave humanitarian workers, most of them Nigerians themselves, work tirelessly and often at great personal risk to help others. I deeply admire their commitment and, in turn, commit myself to advocating for their safety, and for the necessary support to the people they serve.”

In 2021, the humanitarian community reached more than 5 million people in need in Nigeria. The 2022 Nigeria Humanitarian Response Plan, slated for launch in February, requires just over $US1 billion. It sets out the humanitarian community’s plan to assist 8.4 million people in need this year.
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